Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

COVID-19: Resources and Updates

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. We at Asia School of Business (ASB) have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking a range of preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic.

Last Updated: 28th July, 2020

COVID-19: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES  

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. At Asia School of Business (ASB), we have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking various preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic. Our top priority of ASB is ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the community while also bearing in mind the need to sustainably deliver on our educational commitments.

The following are salient guidelines imposed by the authorities and ASB as an organization to safeguard our community during this time.

Latest Updates

Recovery Movement Control Order in Malaysia (RMCO)

10th June – 31st August 2020

Malaysia has been placed under a Movement Control Order (MCO) for 85 days since 18th March 2020. Restrictions have been gradually lifted under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) with the reopening of selected sectors on 4th May 2020. Following the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday 3:00pm on June 7th, the CMCO will now transition into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) effective 10th June until 31st August 2020 as part of the exit strategy for the MCO. Malaysia hopes to enter the normalization phase after 31st August 2020, should there be no surge in the COVID-19 cases during the RMCO.

We have summarized the essence of the RMCO and are still waiting for further SOPs and guidelines by the various ministries and partners. We will continue to update the community as and when we receive this information that will allow us to update our own guidelines.

In this recovery phase, we are seeing the lifting of restrictions on interstate travel and more economic sectors will be allowed to resume operations. Most social, education, religious and business activities will also be reopened in stages with strict SOP upon further notice.

Interstate Travel
All interstate movement and domestic tourism activities is now permitted except for areas that are placed under the Enhanced Movement Control order (EMCO). Domestic travel is also allowed.

International travel is still not permitted as Malaysian borders remain closed.

Economic Activities
Among the latest approved list of business activities that are allowed to reopen include barbershops and hair salons, wet/open markets, food courts, food trucks and food stalls.

Among other commercial activities that are also allowed include museum visits, indoor busking, self-service laundry, recreational fishing and photography/videography shoots/production.

Pubs, night clubs, reflexology centers, karaoke centers, theme parks are to remain closed.

Office meetings and workshops are allowed, if it complies with health protocols and space requirements. ASB will continue to hold all its workshops and meetings virtually until further notice.

Sports and Recreation
Sports and recreational activities is permitted with SOP. This includes team training, the use of swimming pools and contact sports. Group outdoor activities such as cycling and motorcycle convoys are also allowed.

Competitions and sporting activities that involves large gathering of fans, spectators in stadium will continue to be disallowed.

Religious and Social Activities
Religious processions and feasts are still not allowed.

Schools
Schools will be reopened gradually in stages starting from June 24 with full reopening by July 22 2020 following the advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (NSC).

ASB Community

As part of the RMCO, the ASB Community is asked to help by complying with the regulations, directives and guidelines imposed by the Malaysian government. A breach not only exposes the public and ASB Communities to health risks related to the COVID-19, but also legal repercussions towards student, staff and ASB as an organization.

As an active part of the effort, ASB staff and students are asked to actively observe the following:

ASB Staff

  • All staff are still required to work from home (unless necessary) until further notice. The ASB Campus (Sasana Kijang) and the Iclif Executive Education Center at Platinum Sentral will continue to be closed to public and visitors until further notice.
  • For those who need to use the office, prior work scheduling requirements via Admin, Hospitality and Events Services will continue and must be observed prior entering ASB offices, until further announcement. All staff are required to schedule at least one week in advance here. In events of unanticipated needs arising, we will do our best to accommodate, but please be understanding of capacity constraints due to physical distancing measures.
  • All social distancing guidelines for ASB community can be found here.

ASB Students

  • Effective 18 March, 2020 ASB has suspended all on-campus classes until further notice.
  • Student club activities for students on campus may resume, however close contact sports (rugby, boxing, football, basketball, hockey etc.), religious gatherings and large feasts are still not allowed based on the RMCO guidelines. All sporting activities that does not involve contact (e.g.: bowling, badminton, archery, shooting, cycling) will have to comply with the SOP released by the government.
  • Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines, directives set by ASB.
  • All social distancing guidelines for ASB community can be found here.

Residensi ASB

  • Residensi ASB will only be accessible to residents and staff who are servicing the building.
  • The gym at Residensi ASB will be opened for our usage effective 15th June onwards following the social distancing policy. Guidelines will be shared by ASB soon.
  • Common facilities at Residensi ASB such as café, children’s playground, multipurpose hall, all remain closed until further notice.
  • Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines and directives set by ASB.
  • Students are advised to continue practicing social distancing even with each other.
  • Students are able to order food via delivery services. However, they will need to be guided by the rules and regulations implemented by ASB regarding food delivery services to Residensi ASB.
  • Students and their families who are boarding at Residensi ASB are all required to maintain good hygiene, cleanliness of Residensi ASB and their rooms and apartments at all times.

Travel Restrictions

  • Inter-state travels within Malaysia are allowed (save and except for places declared under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)) without the need for special permission from government authority.
  • International borders remain closed. Malaysian nationals are not allowed to exit Malaysia (with certain exceptions).
  • All foreign tourists and visitors are not allowed to enter into the country. However, the Malaysian Government has started allowing eligible expatriates to enter Malaysia from 17th June, 2020 onwards.All expats returning to Malaysia are required to register themselves via the MySejahtera App before they enter the country for monitoring purposes.
  • The MySejahtera App is downloadable via Apple AppStore, Google Play Store or Huawei AppGallery. Further details can be found here: https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/FAQ_en/
  • All eligible expatriates will be subject to a PCR COVID-19 Swab Test at the cost of RM 250 upon arrival at the airport.

Staff

  • Expatriates in the Employment Pass 1 (EP1) Category (those earning more than RM10,000 per month), those who have Professional Visit or Resident-Pass Talent Passes who hold senior management posts in companies within Malaysia are allowed to enter Malaysia without applying for approvals from the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  • The Immigration Department has also announced the updated Guidelines on Entry and Exit Procedures for Employment Pass and RP-T holder with their dependents on 25 July 2020 here.
  • ASB strongly recommends all staff who plan to return to Malaysia from abroad, to notify HR to check and to support the application for an entry approval, if they require one.
  • For staff who require an entry approval, applicants must submit the relevant documents (copy of travel documents, passport, letter of approval to enter MY from the Immigration Authorities (for non-citizens)) and the completed LoU via email to the relevant Malaysian Mission, at least three days before the date of departure.
  • The email address of the relevant Malaysian Mission can be found at: https://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/malaysianmission.
  • Subject to approval, the Malaysian Mission will issue a Letter of Entry Permit to Malaysia by email.
  • A letter of approval from the Malaysian Mission must be presented to:
  • Airlines – Failure to submit the document for foreign travellers may result in being denied boarding;
  • Other Public Transport Companies; and
  • Immigration Department of Malaysia – The MY Immigrations has the right to impose an “No-To-Land” (NTL) order to non-citizens who failed the relevant documents upon arrival at KLIA.
  • PUS will be notified on the mode of communication with Government Officers and Quarantine Station personnel via telephone / SMS / WhatsApp / Telegram mobile applications – hence do take note of the mobile number filled in the forms or advised to the authorities. Kindly ensure that mobile number would be active upon arrival in MY or at all times during quarantine as otherwise one may not get the relevant messages from the authorities.
  • The Guidelines on Entry and Exit procedures by the Immigration of Malaysia, Guidelines on Mandatory Quarantine by NADMA and the template of the Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity can be found here, for ease of reference.
  • Kindly contact Aline Pasang or Fahimah Ismail from HR for further support on the latest process and procedure.

International Travel Restrictions

As the spread of the coronavirus continues, counties across the globe are imposing travel restrictions. For an up-to-date and comprehensive list of travel bans across the world, please refer to The US Department of State website.

Remote Work

  • For more information on how to utilize teleconferencing for remote work, kindly download our Zoom & Skype Business guides here.
  • ASB students and staff may download Zoom backgrounds for use here.
  • All ASB workshops and meetings will continue to be held virtually until further notice.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Those who are feeling unwell during self-isolation or who are concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals should find out if they are at risk via this self-assessment link from the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Doctor on Call or via the MySejahtera App.
  • Those who are at risk, kindly consult a MOH doctor by clicking the Ask Doctor button on the same site to clarify any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm for a second assessment.
  • If both risk assessment results indicate high-risk, kindly contact Program Office or ASB HR immediately before heading straight to the closest screening hospitals in the Klang Valley:
      • Hospital Sungai Buloh * – 03 6145 4333
      • Hospital Kuala Lumpur * – 03 26156391
      • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang – 03 3375 7000
      • Hospital Selayang, Batu Caves – 03 6126 3333
      • Hospital Serdang, Kajang – 03 8947 5555
      • Hospital Shah Alam – 03 5526 3000
      • Hospital Kajang – 03 8913 3333
      • Hospital Banting – 03 3187 1333
      • Hospital Putrajaya – 03 8312 4200
  • For those who are not at risk, kindly contact your nearest Allianz Panel Clinic for assistance.
  • Practice and promote good, basic hygiene. Non-touch standing hand sanitizers have been made available in all public areas on campus and at Residensi ASB to facilitate this.
  • ASB counselors are also available to speak to those who are in need.

Program Information

Executive Education

  • The FIDE and MAP programs are currently running virtually.
  • All face-to-face Executive Education programs are deferred until further notice.
  • All Executive Education programs will continue to be held virtually until further notice.

 

MBA & MBA-Working Professionals Admissions 

  • ASB will be conducting all of its admissions activities digitally at least through the end of August. We will further leverage technology to innovate how we engage with the market, so that we can give prospects a high-touch digitally-oriented view into the transformational nature of our education experience.
  • In consideration of the recent announcement, we are moving forward with plans to conduct classes in-person for the Fall 2020 semester. However, we recognize there may be extenuating circumstances in different parts of the world and some will not be allowed to leave your home country. Consequently, students will have the option to take courses online for a portion or all of the Fall 2020 term. Since we will be conducting classes in person and online via two channels, classes will have to be conducted at the same time across both channels.
  • We are no longer accepting applications for the current application cycle of the Full-Time MBA but we have added an additional deadline for the MBA for Working Professionals program. The final application deadline for the MBA for Working Professionals program (2020 intake) is August 4th. The application for the Full-Time MBA program (2021 intake) will open in August 2020.
  • Over the next several weeks, we have a series of online masterclasses with our amazing faculty, webinars related to the admission process and career outcomes, and open forum online chats. We encourage you to sign-up for these sessions here.
  • Additionally, if you would like to talk to someone about your individual concerns, please feel free to schedule a call with someone from our admissions team here.
  • If you have any additional questions related to admissions matters, do not hesitate to contact us at admissions@asb.edu.my.

Additional Resources

Updated resources, information and data about COVID-19 are also available here:

Please check the above links and this website frequently, as additional information will continue to be posted as it becomes available. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.

Disclaimer: *All information and terms above are subject to change under the evolving circumstances with notification. Readers are advised to check with the relevant authorities’ websites for updated information on the Movement Control Order. For matters relating to ASB, kindly contact ASB Management for any further updates/details. ASB will not be held responsible for any reliance and decision making based on the information provided herein.